• Geometry questions1 year 5 weeks agoReach and stack are the two

    Reach and stack are the two main fit related geometry factors you could look at, which are related to horizontal top tube and head tube length (but also affected by frame angles).

    Greater reach and lower stack height usually is what is meant by more aggressive geometry.

    Speed of steering is only loosely related to head tube angle, trail and fork offset are more relevant.

    From my reading of it the Canyon has about 25mm less stack height than the equivalent reach Synapse carbon, although the sizing is not directly equivalent. This suggests a more aggressive geo fit wise plus the Synapse has a huge conical spacer on top of the headset. So more flexibility and core stability needed for the Canyon, probably.

    The usual suggestion is to go ride them but with Canyon that may take more effort?

  • Police go door-to-door in hunt for New Forest sportive saboteurs1 year 5 weeks agoDid they ever find the idiot

    Did they ever find the idiot who sabotaged the Etape Caledonia a few years back? No? Forgive me if I don't hold my breath.

    However. If more is made of the possible injury to dumb animals rather than inconvenience to law-abiding cyclists then there might be a more promising outcome. Devil

  • Cancellara Hour Record bid on ice as UCI mulls rule changes1 year 5 weeks agoThe principle is fine, but

    The principle is fine, but the result even with the current athletes hour rules were Sleepy Very few attempts made ii) Trek throwing cash at a team of a dozen people to find the gains the rules still do not rule out.

  • Video: Lance Armstrong shows you how to change an inner tube1 year 5 weeks agoTom Amos wrote:Cool video but

    Tom Amos wrote:
    Cool video but this is cooler


    Yep! Way Cooler and Hector Picard is way cooler than Lance Armstrong!

    I saw this video when it first came out and my opinion of it hasn't changed. It is still one of the most inspirational videos ever put on YouTube.

  • Attempting my first bike build - Advice please!1 year 5 weeks ago+1 for taking your time - if

    +1 for taking your time - if it isn't screwing in easily don't force it (although BB cups might need a bit more effort), take a break and come back to it.
    I would leave the bars un-taped for a few rides to make sure you are happy with the position of the levers on the bars and the orientation of the bars - it's really annoying to have to unwrap perfectly good tape

  • dhb Momentum Roubaix Long Sleeve Jersey1 year 5 weeks agotrue re the windslam version

    true re the windslam version - mine's a couple of years old now and they've really improved the fit since then - the current generation are really well cut.

  • Genesis Volare Team 953 road bike1 year 5 weeks agoYes it is because building

    Yes it is because building your own house is nothing like the a sending a couple of hours building up a bike yourself. I take, if you got a house built you would use the builder with highest quote that pays over the odds for all is raw materials because he owned by the builders merchant who gets suppliers from overseas that cost more than you could by yourself. I bet you still get your milk delivered to your door by the milk man, buy your gorcecies at the local independant shop and get your car serviced by the main dealed because that its always been done. I'm surprised you have any money to buy £5000 bike.

    No matter how ridiculous prices demanded by likes of Madison there appears to plenty of people on here saying that's ok would you please charge me more.

  • Saboteurs attack Wiggle New Forest Sportive (again)1 year 5 weeks agoThere's a little bit of me

    There's a little bit of me sort of wishes (though I applaud him for having taken part) that Tony Hockley had been one of those who punctured. Having him be personally angry at the saboteurs would have been interesting!

  • Genesis Volare Team 953 road bike1 year 5 weeks agoOne lads in our local bike

    One lads in our local bike shop use these brakes on his cross bike and they nothing but problems. Only getting 1 and a bit races from a set of pads before there no adjustment left.

    Is Albert Genesis that Campag is priced better than Shamino. I don't think the Madison Shimano brand manager will be happy about this.

  • Cancellara Hour Record bid on ice as UCI mulls rule changes1 year 5 weeks agoThis is ridiculous. There is

    This is ridiculous. There is *still* a "modern" hour record category with the UCI, it's called the "Best Human Effort". If Cancellara wants to do the record on a modern bike, he can simply go for that category - *without any rule changes*!

    Personally, I think it's a *good* thing to try minimise equipment differences in cycling. Track and road cycling, as a sport, is about the people for me.

    If I want to watch the end-result of engineers competing behind the scenes, running their CFD simulations, I'd go look at Formula 1. Except of course, I gave up watching Formula 1 cause I kept falling asleep!

  • Police go door-to-door in hunt for New Forest sportive saboteurs1 year 5 weeks agoThis type of activity is as

    This type of activity is as futile as it is dangerous; a rider or perhaps livestock could have been injured. One of the participants or perhaps the event's organiser ought to contact Mrs. Sevier (she of poster campaign fame) and invite her, as someone concerned with road safety and animal welfare, to use her "good offices" to identify those responsible and condemn such behaviour. If she's really concerned about the area in which she lives she'll respond positively, if not...

  • Video: Jon Snow launches CTC campaign urging councillors to pledge creation of Space for Cycling1 year 5 weeks agoWe should do pilot projects

    We should do pilot projects with small cities:

    1st run a survey to see which cities would have the best cycling take-up if good facilities existed.

    Then massively upgrade the whole city at once, make the city centre mostly vehicle free like has been done in some other European cities. Put secured cycle storage everywhere, put in segregated easy to clean continuous wide cycle lanes. Run a public information campaign. Enforce traffic laws using technology. Replace half the traffic wardens with pollution inspectors. If people can't drive carefully then take their cars away from the long-term.

    £300m is a joke CTC, the transport budget is approx £20 billion and cycling infrastructure has been neglected for a century. Considering that every billion spent would probably save over a billion in long-term health and transport costs, we should spend billions as an investment, why piss about doing a little bit year by year and getting effectively no-where. The only way to make a difference is to think big.

  • Geometry questions1 year 5 weeks agoAre there any other geometry

    Are there any other geometry factors I should be looking at before eventually choosing?

    It depends what you want to do with the bike

    If you want a fast bike for real racing then you might rate faster steering
    If you want to ride long distances then you want something more stable
    I always want a more comfortable bike so I get a longer head tube and shorter top tube
    If you want to do time trialling on it then there are probably factors for geometry for that

  • Turbo training music1 year 5 weeks agoFoo fighters Snow

    Foo fighters
    Snow patrol
    Kaiser chiefs
    The killers
    And AC/DC always helps to lift the tempo!

    Turbo training album anyone?! With the rest of the other rubbish in the charts we could have a Christmas no 1! Wink

  • Cancellara Hour Record bid on ice as UCI mulls rule changes1 year 5 weeks agodstuk wrote:Pretty certain

    dstuk wrote:
    Pretty certain Tony Martin rides a Specialized...

    yeah, my bad Wink

  • Attempting my first bike build - Advice please!1 year 5 weeks agoGet the LBS to fit the

    Get the LBS to fit the headset and face the BB shell.

    Have a spare pack of cables in case you make a mistake cutting. They will keep if you don't have to use them. Measure twice and cut once.

    Take the opportunity to fit a new chain (also measure twice and cut once), maybe a new cassette, new brake blocks.

    Don't expect to get it all right the first time. The new frame might have some bit missing like a BB cable guide and your old bikes one won't fit. Just relax, order the bit and wait.

    Get some of those frame protector patches if they are not included with the frame. They prevent rubbing from cables.

  • Cancellara Hour Record bid on ice as UCI mulls rule changes1 year 5 weeks agoPretty certain Tony Martin

    Pretty certain Tony Martin rides a Specialized...

  • Miche Cassette - where to find1 year 5 weeks agoDon't remember exactly off

    Don't remember exactly off hand - 3/4 quid per sprocket rings a bell - I only needed a couple to modify the cassette I already had.

    Miche's own price list (in euros) is here ...
    I assume this is the cost to the distributors, rather than retail as they don't sell direct.

    I'm pretty sure I ordered from plan Z which, I think was a part of Condor cycles but the name Peter Cole rings a bell so maybe they've spun it off to one of the others - Zetta Distribution seems like a similar name.

  • Winners Thread1 year 5 weeks agoalready claimed the prize -

    already claimed the prize - just concerned it's going to go to an old address if it doesn't get dispatched soon

  • Aptonia ISO+ Isotonic Sport Drink1 year 5 weeks agoHere's the ingredient list:

    Here's the ingredient list:

    Glucose-fructose syrup, liquid sugar, water, acidifiers: E330 and E331 (iii), maltodextrin, sodium chloride, dextrose, vitamins B1, B2, B6, natural flavour, preservative: E202, colouring agent: E110.

    They're asking £7.99 basically for syrup, sugar, citric acid (E331), maltodextrin, and dextrose. You can buy 650 g - hell even kilogrammes - of *each* of these ingredients for £7.99 *all together* elsewhere. Never mind the water...

    Anyone paying £12 per kilogramme for these energy powders/syrups needs to read the ingredients list, then look in the shops or online at how much they cost individually and learn just how badly they're being fleeced.

    Buy the ingredients and mix them yourself, for about 1/5th to 1/10th of the price!

    Hell, one to four tea-spoons of honey or syrup (to taste), a shot of super-market own label fruit-concentrate, a pinch of salt (ideally the sodium/potassium mix "Lo-Salt" stuff), and half a tea-spoon to two of sodium bicarbonate (depending on how much you sweat and tolerance) in a large water bottle will work fine!

    You can also buy citric acid from some super-markets - add just over half a tea-spoon for every tea-spoon of sodium bicarbonate, and it will make sodium citrate (note: if you also use citrus fruit concentrates, you'll nee to allow for the citric acid in those and want to reduce the amount of citric acid powder you put in, of course).

  • Police go door-to-door in hunt for New Forest sportive saboteurs1 year 5 weeks agoThere'll be hammering the

    There'll be hammering the overtime looking for the nefarious ne'er do wells.

  • Cancellara Hour Record bid on ice as UCI mulls rule changes1 year 5 weeks agoI genuinely scoured the

    I genuinely scoured the article for new evidence of ice being a super low-resistance performance material.

    I am thick and tired.

  • Police go door-to-door in hunt for New Forest sportive saboteurs1 year 5 weeks agoThe Police need to get to the

    The Police need to get to the point and use the right tacktics to pin the blame on the offender, after all its a pointless exercise if they dont nail the offenders.

  • Video: Lance Armstrong shows you how to change an inner tube1 year 5 weeks agoWhy isn't he changing a flat

    Why isn't he changing a flat on the Enve rims that are fitted to his Parlee? Wink

  • Attempting my first bike build - Advice please!1 year 5 weeks agoAnother +1 for cable cutters

    Another +1 for cable cutters - I've got a pair of these, available locally to most people, they've done a great job cutting cable outers and inners and always snip cleanly http://www.screwfix.com/p/cable-cutters-150mm-6/27403 Much cheaper than the bike-specific cable cutters you can buy.

    Youtube is your friend, whenever you come across something you don't know how to do - Youtube it.

    The other thing is to get the right greases, mostly the correct anti-seize for bottom brackets and carbon paste for any carbon bits - seatposts are the main one, a mate of mine is currently dealing with a broken seatpost clamp and the post is stuck in the frame!

    Also, don't rush it, that's when mistakes happen, take your time and do the old measure twice, cut once!